An ambitious project to make the A419 safer for all road users, including cyclists and walkers, has been launched.
Three parish councils, Gloucestershire County Council and Stroud Valleys Cycle Campaign (SVCC) will carry out a feasibility study to explore ways to make the road safer.
It is being partly funded by a generous legacy from a local resident who led many campaigns to make the A419 safe for cyclists.
Stroud Town Council, Chalford Parish Council and Brimscombe and Thrupp Parish Council have invested in the study which was identified as a priority by a Parish Cycling Group featuring representatives from across the district and the County Council.
This route was felt to be particularly hazardous for cyclists and walkers because of the volume of traffic and the high speeds associated with the route.
“We are keen to hear from walkers, cyclists and drivers about the road and how it might be improved to accommodate the needs of all,” said Kim Cowan, Stroud Town Council’s Project Officer.
“The project will be shaped by early public consultation and we urge people to share their views and ideas.”
People can get involved by visiting one of the drop-in sessions this month. The first will be on Wednesday June 19 at Stroud Brewery in Brimscombe from 3pm to 7pm.
A second drop-in session will be held at Stroud Subscription Rooms on Wednesday June 26, from 3pm-7pm.
People attending Chalfest can visit Chalford Parish Council tent to view the route and complete a questionnaire.
“This project reflects the commitments of the parishes to improving the environment, air quality and health of residents,” said Stroud Town Mayor Kevin Cranston.
“Additional housing and increased traffic anticipated as a result of road improvements elsewhere in the district make this project crucial.”
The aim of the project is to separate cyclists and walkers from motorised vehicles, to improve junctions, to ensure that it is safe for young and old to choose walking or cycling as an alternative to driving and to improve the environment for those living in the villages along the route.
Please also visit https://cliftonemerydesign.typeform.com/to/sTInOy and complete an online questionnaire, where you will be able to give your valued views and opinions. The questionnaire will be open until 31st July 2019.